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5 Castle Venues That Can Be Exclusively Yours This Summer

1. Allerton Castle,  North Yorkshire

Allerton Castle is one of  England’s most elegant Gothic revival stately homes, complete with its original Ballroom, Drawing Room, Billiard Room and Great Staircase entrance. While the present version of the castle was built in 1848 by The Lord Mowbray, Segrave and Stourton, people have resided on the site for over 1,000 years.

Once owned by the Grand Old Duke of York, brother to King George IV, this historic venue is most recognizable these days for its appearance in popular films and TV shows such as The Secret Garden and Sherlock Holmes.

If you are looking for a fairy-tale 18th century venue, set among 200 acres of breathtaking parkland and tranquil gardens, then Allerton Castle is the venue for you.


2. Walton Castle, Somerset

Walton Castle is a 16th Century castle located in Clevedon, North Somerset. This historic venue is most coveted for its hill-top location which offers panoramic views over; the Bristol Channel to nearby Wales; six nearby English counties ; the surrounding countryside and the nearby seaside town of Clevedon.

Rent out this secret gem for a weekend and you will have exclusive access to the stunning central tower with it’s renovated kitchen and relaxing lounge, a heated 10 meter swimming pool and exercise area, a ‘games’ turret which includes a mini-bar, darts board, pool table and table football and of course the 5 double en-suite bedrooms located in the surrounding turrets.

One of the most unique aspects to this private castle is the staff who run it, who have over 30 years event planning experience between them and will find you anything you require to make your time here special; be it a PlayStation for the kids, over-sized tea pots for a theme party or a game of archery to help with those team building sessions


3. Amberley Castle, West Sussex

Set in an idyllic corner of English countryside, with 12 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens and medieval stonework forming an evocative backdrop, it is no wonder that Amberley Castle has been used exclusively by royalty, politicians and VIPs throughout its history.

Venture inside this West Sussex venue and you are greeted by 900 years of history – suits of armour and intricate coats of arms alongside fine fabrics and beautiful antiques complete the setting.

This 12th century castle, which began life as a manor house for the Bishop of Chichester over, now offers the perfect mix of traditional meets contemporary. With so many facilities on the grounds (a putting course, croquet lawn and tennis court to name a few) and with such serene and beautiful gardens, once guests arrive here, they rarely feel the need to go anywhere else.


4. Hever Castle, Kent

Dating back to 1270 and offering a fine collection of antiques, Italian walnut panelling and old working fireplaces, Hever Castle is another stunning castle venue that can be exclusively yours.

The castle has three very distinct areas to host that special event depending on what you are looking for; the castle itself if you are looking for stately grandeur, The Astor Wing if you want a country house feel or The Italian Garden if you are looking for a stunning lakeside location.

If you are looking for the most quintessentially English venue for your next summer party, or simply a unique site for a summer wedding, then the award winning rose garden at Hever Castle, with more than 4,000 beautifully displayed bushes creating a kaleidoscope of colour, is the place for you.


5. Clearwell Castle, Gloucestershire

Set inside the mystical Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, Clearwell Castle is a magical place hidden behind the trees. This unique venue has won ‘Wedding Venue of The Year’ twice, and has many stunning features usually only found in Churches such as a 75ft aisle and leaded glass windows.

Built just after the Crusades and re-modeled in 1727, Clearwell Castle offers a unique aura of grandness and serenity and is one of Britain's premier Country Houses. The castle has a stunning Grand Ballroom, elegant reception rooms and a vaulted cellar that can accommodate up to 250 guests!

The entire castle can be exclusively yours for your wedding, private party or corporate event. There are 15 beautiful bedrooms within the castle and additional properties within the grounds, allowing for an overnight stay for many of your guests.


World's Coolest Meeting Spaces

When people think of meeting rooms, they automatically think of dull rooms full of rectangular tables, white-washed walls and projector screens. However, our work with over 70,000 venues around the world has led us to firmly believe that no two meeting rooms are the same and there is a lot of room for creativity when it comes to organizing meetings and conferences. 

Following in the footsteps of the world's big tech companies such as Google and Facebook, many companies are now seeing the benefits of 'thinking outside the box' when it comes to designing their meeting and conference space. Here we look at 17 of the coolest meeting rooms around the world. We are sure there are many more, but these are our favorites! Let us know what you think in the comments section.

Saatchi and Saatchi Meeting Room, Bangkok

Saatcgi &Saatchi Bangkok

Poseidon Resort's Underwater Meeting Room, Maldives

Underwater Meeting Room

Heckler and Koch's Badass Conference Room, Virginia

Bad Ass Conference Room

AutoFornia 'Vegas Themed' Meeting Space, California

Autofornia, Santa Clara

Distilled Spirits Council Meeting Room, Washington D.C, USA

Distilled Spirits Council Meeting Room

Google's Cable Car Meeting Rooms, Zurich, Switzerland

Google Zurich Meeting Rooms

Davies Meyers Meeting Table, Hamburg, Germany

Davies Meyer Meeting Room

Aloft Meeting Rooms, Bangkok, Thailand 
Aloft Bangkok Meeting Room

Hurley Meeting Room, The O.C, California

Aloft Bangkok Meeting Room

Google Tram Meeting Rooms, Sydney
Aloft Bangkok Meeting Room

King Arthur Round Swing Table, London

Playful Meeting Room

Boys and Girls Lego Conference Room, Dublin

Lego Meeting Room

The Metrick System's Mobile Meeting Room, Toronto

Metrick Systen Meeting Room, Toronto

EA Sports Ball Pen Meeting Room, Florida

Ball Pen Meeting Room, Orlando

Courtyard by Marriott's Vault Meeting Room, San Diego

Courtyard Marriott Vault Room

The Engine Group's Spinning Waltzers, London

Spinning Waltzers Meeting Room

The Pyramid of Peace Meeting Room, Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Futistic Meeting Room